Geoffrey Wainwright (archaeologist)

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Geoffrey John Wainwright, MBE, FSA, FRSA, FLSW (born 19 September 1937) is a British archaeologist specialising in prehistory. He was the Chief Archaeologist of English Heritage from 1989 to 1999, and visiting professor to a number of universities in the early 21st century. He served as President of the Prehistoric Society from 1981 to 1985 and the Society of Antiquaries of London from 2007 to 2010.[1]

A native of Pembrokeshire, he completed his undergraduate studies at the University College of South Wales and Monmouthshire in Cardiff, before undertaking postgraduate research at the UCL Institute of Archaeology.[2]


In the 1991 New Year Honours, Wainwright was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in recognition of his services as Principal Inspector of Ancient Monuments for English Heritage.[3] In 2006, he was awarded the Grahame Clark Medal for Prehistoric Archaeology by the British Academy.[4]

On 2 March 1967, he was elected Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London (FSA).[5] In 2011, he was elected Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales (FLSW).[6] He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA).[1]


  1. ^ a b "Geoffrey John WAINWRIGHT". People of Today. Debrett's. Archived from the original on 11 November 2014. Retrieved 22 June 2014. 
  2. ^ Davies, Gwyn; Farquhar, Ron; Preston, Laura (1997). "Interview with Dr. Geoffrey Wainwright, Chief Archaeologist at English Heritage". Papers from the Institute of Archaeology. 8: 7–15. Retrieved 29 October 2014. 
  3. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 52382. pp. 12–16. 28 December 1990. Retrieved 22 June 2014.
  4. ^ "Grahame Clark Medal 2006". British Academy. 2006. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 18 September 2015. 
  5. ^ "Fellows Directory - W". Society of Antiquaries of London. Retrieved 22 June 2014. 
  6. ^ "The Society's Founding Fellows and Fellows" (pdf). Learned Society of Wales. 13 May 2014. Retrieved 22 June 2014.